Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
SA needs to end the denialism around xenophobia and engage in frank dialogue with its continental partners.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Several Nigerian artists have come out strongly condemning the violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The artists include Tiwa Savage who cancelled her impending show in South Africa, American-Nigerian rapper Jidenna, Burna Boy, Davido, and Teni who sent various messages in solidarity with victims of the xenophobic violence. A number of South African artists also added their voice to the outrage, posting heartfelt message against xenophobia.
Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos, and other parts of the country, destroying and looting what they suspected to be South African owned shops, businesses and properties in retaliatory attacks. The retaliatory attacks in Lagos have shown that tension between South Africa and Nigeria is likely to continue until the deep underlying causes of self-hatred and hatred against fellow Africans are addressed.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) recently agreed to adopt Kiswahili as the fourth official language. The decision was greeted with interest and it has been hailed as a progressive step. What are your thoughts?
For Africans and diasporans, learning about their heritage is important. But it remains to be seen how this will translate into a sustained continental and diasporan engagement.
Despite a decision to streamline activities, the recent Niamey meeting had all the trappings of a regular summit.
Kenyan lawyer, intellectual and Pan-Africanist Dr Willy Mutunga has been arguing for a new dimension to be added to the fight for the total liberation and emancipation of the African continent: one that calls for the involvement of the judiciary in advancing Pan-Africanism in the 21st century.